LAVEEN, AZ - Matthew DeJarnett was a loving husband who had big dreams of becoming a radiologist before moving back to Oklahoma to be with family.
But on Monday, Matthew's dreams were cut short when he was hit by a minivan full of children near Southern and 59th avenues.
"There's a lot of shock and disbelief. You have a brother and a family one day and then you get a phone call," said Matthew's sister Devon.
Devon was at home with her mom in Oklahoma when her father called with the horrible news. She was told her brother was in a horrible accident and he was not going to make it.
"I couldn't believe it and there was nothing that we could do because we were so far away. We were just waiting," said Devon.
Besides DeJarnett's wife, the only family member able to make it in time to say goodbye was Matthew's father.
"My dad got on the first flight out. Southwest Airlines got him on a flight last minute. He got out there and was able to be there 20 minutes before he died," said Devon.
Three young boys in the minivan who hit DeJarnett also lost their lives. A young girl is still in the hospital fighting for her life.
A car wash will be held Thursday at Carrington College from 11a.m. to 3 p.m.
All of the money raised will go towards Matthew's memorial service and towards helping his wife relocate back to Oklahoma where she can be close to family.
The family has also set up a benefit account at the American Bank of Oklahoma in Collinsville, Okla.
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